Recreation and Wellness

Our facilities include the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, the Indoor Pool, and Intramural Sports Fields.

Exercise Recreational Sports Center Rock Wall Treadmills at Rec Center

You can have fun and stay fit at the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center. This facility includes:

  • 43- foot Rock Climbing Wall
  • Indoor Walking Track
  • The latest Workout Equipment
  • Basketball, Racquetball, and Volleyball Courts
  • Game Room and Lounge
  • Group Fitness Classes and much more!

Lamar University students have an automatic membership!

Rec Sports Programs

  • Aquatics

    Recreational Sports provides an indoor 25-yard, 6-lane pool to its patrons. This facility is open to all LU/LIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a valid LU or LIT identification card.

    We also host:

    • Swimming classes
    • Lifeguard certification classes
    • Water safety instructor certification classes
    • CPR classes
    • Free water aerobic classes

    * A certified lifeguard is always on duty


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  • Intramural Sports

    Intramural Sports provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for recreation and competition in a variety of team and individual sports.

    Compete in:
    • Table Tennis
    • Racquetball
    • Pool
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Dodgeball … and more
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  • Sport Clubs

    The Sport Clubs Program provides students the opportunity to compete against other collegiate sport clubs at the state, regional, and national level.

    Clubs:
    • Cricket
    • Sailing
    • Women's Soccer
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Women's Basketball
    • Power Lifting
    • Bass Fishing
    • Kayak Fishing
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  • Outdoor Pursuits

    Outdoor Pursuits provides the LU community with fun ways to connect with the natural world and its inhabitants. We offer a variety of programs:

    • Explore majestic wilderness locations on an Adventure Trip
    • Push yourself to new heights at our 1,850-square-foot Climbing Wall
    • Challenge your group to think differently with our Team Building initiatives
    • Set out on your own adventure with gear from our Outdoor Shop
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  • Wellness and Fitness

    Physical activity is a key to a healthy lifestyle. We offer group fitness classes, as well as personal trainers who can help you achieve your health goals.


    Group Classes are free for current Rec Sports members.  We offer:
    • Cross Training
    • Zumba
    • Indoor Cycling
    • Yoga
    • Cardio Kickboxing
    • Belly Dancing
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Off-Campus Activities

Off Campus Activities - Jet Ski

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures:

  • a day at the beach
  • canoeing
  • fishing on area rivers and lakes
  • hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve
  • golfing

Nearby shopping and entertainment options abound with theaters, museums and live music venues.